Flipkart just launched its first phone

Steven Millward, writing for Tech in Asia;

Following in the footsteps of Amazon’s Fire phone flop, India’s Flipkart today unveiled its first ever phone.

Starting at US$170, the dual camera Billion Capture+ shows India’s biggest homegrown ecommerce store is going after the cheap-and-cheerful sector that’s currently dominated by Chinese brands Xiaomi and Oppo. It goes on sale November 15.

Here’s the full specs of the Billion Capture+ smartphone;

  • 5.5 inch FHD Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, @401 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 64-bit Octa Core 2GHz Processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • Android Nougat 7.1.2, will upgrade to Android Oreo
  • 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB storage expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
  • Dual Rear Camera: 13MP with RGB sensor + 13MP Monochrome with f2.0 aperture, Dual tone 1A true Flash
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • Networks: GSM, WCDMA, 4G LTE, FDD
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot,
  • 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth,
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Sensors: G-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor, Fingerprint
  • FM Radio
  • Dimension: 76.5mm x 153mm x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 176 G
  • 3500 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
  • Colors: Desert Golder, Mystic Black

Price:

  • 64GB with 4 GB RAM – INR 13,999 or around $214*
  • 32GB with 3 GB RAM – INR 11,999 or around $183*

*$1 = INR 65.39

KSA: Extra official launched iPhone X in Saudi Arabia

Extra held the launch event in Granada Mall last Friday, 3rd of November.

I was there but I didn’t realize that the stage was for the iPhone X launch, because we where at the back of the stage and never bothered to check what the event was all about.

Extra’s pricelist for the iPhone X are as follows; SAR 4,399 for the 64 GB model and SAR 4,999 for the 256 GB model. That’s around Php 60k and Php68k in Philippine pesos, respectively.

Nokia 2 with 4,100 mAh battery

Nokia 2 is a €99 smartphone with a humongous 4,100 mAh battery. Checkout the full specs below;

  • 5.0” HD 1280 x 720 LTPS LCD, In-Cell Touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform
  • OS: Android Nougat, upgradable to Android Oreo
  • 8GB strage expandable up to 128GB with MicroSD card
  • 1GB RAM
  • Rear camera: 8MP auto focus with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 5MP fixed focus
  • GSM, WCDMA, LTE, LTE Cat. 4
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou, FM/(RDS)
  • Sensor: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass
  • 4100 mAh Battery
  • 2 Nano-SIM + 1 uSD slot (Dual SIM) / Nano-SIM + 1 uSD slot (Single SIM)
  • Micro USB (USB 2.0), 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions: 143.5mm x 71.3mm x 9.30 mm
  • IP52: Drip protection
  • Color: Pewter / Black, Pewter / White, Copper / Black

The Nokia 2 will be available mid-November in colors; Pewter/Black, Pewter/White and Copper/Black for a global average retail price of €99 or around *Php 5,945.

Source: Extra

iPhone X available for pre-order on Friday, October 27

Apple;

iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, featuring a revolutionary new design with a stunning all-screen display, wireless charging and an incredible rear camera with dual optical image stabilization, will be available to customers for pre-order on Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. PDT on apple.com and the Apple Store app.

iPhone X will be available in more than 55 countries and territories, and in Apple Stores beginning Friday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. local time. Stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early.

There’s a reason why they announce the availability of iPhone X two days early; limited stocks and high-demand.

If we don’t see an “i-line” forming in front of an Apple store starting tomorrow, we’ll start seeing “Apple is doom” articles.

Huawei Nova 2i now in the Philippines

Huawei has officially announce the 5.9-inch Nova 2i. It features Fullview screen, which is another way of saying “bezel-less” and probably the first smartphone that has 4 camera system.

Nova 2i 4-camera system compose of dual 13 MP+2MP camera in the front and dual 16 MP+2 MP camera at the back. Unlike the Mate 10, Nova 2i will be powered by Octa-core Kirin 659 processor, running Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1 and 3340mAh battery.

Huawei Nova 2i Specs;

  • 5.9-inches IPS LCD display, 1080×2160 resolution @407ppi
  • Processor: Octa-Core Kirin 659 2.36GHz + 4xCortex-A53 1.7GHz
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) + EMUI 5.1
  • 64GB storage expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4G LTE FDD, 3G WCDMA, 2G GSM
  • GPS with aGPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 4.2 with support BLE
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Digital compass, Ambient light, Proximity light, Accelerometer, Status indicator, SAR sensor
  • Front camera: 13MP+2MP
  • Rear camera: 16MP+2MP
  • Dimension: 75.2 mm x 156.2 mm x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 164g
  • Battery 3340mAh
  • Color: Aurora Blue, Graphite Black and Prestige Gold

The Huawei Nova 2i will be in Aurora Blue, Graphite Black and Prestige Gold, is now available for Php 14,990 for the unlock verion but if you prefer the subsidize phone from Smart, Smart Communications will be offering the device on its Postpaid plans, you just need to Php 500 on any of their post paid plan.

Source: Newsbytes Ph

Huawei Mate 10 now available for Pre-order in Saudi Arabia

For expats and residents, Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 is now available for pre-order in Saudi Arabia. You can preorder it from Axiom, Souq, Extra, Jarir Bookstore and Lulu for SAR 2,299.

Huawei Mate 10 Specs;

  • 5.9″ FullView LCD Display, 16:9 AR, 2560 x 1440 resolution @ 499 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
  • HUAWEI Kirin 970 Octa-Core CPU (4*Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz) with Neural Network Processing Unit
  • i7 co-processor
  • Mali G72MP12 GPU
  • Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM2)
  • Dual Leica Camera: 20MP Monochrome + 12MP RGB, f/1.6, OIS (Optical Image Stablisation), BSI CMOS, Dual-LED Flash, PDAF, CAF, Laser, Depth Auto Focus, 4K Video Recording
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, UMTS(WCDMA)/HSPA + /DC-HSDPA, TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE
  • Dual SIM Support
  • GPS/Glonass/BDS
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • NFC, BT4.2, support BLE
  • Support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD Audio
  • USB Type C
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Barometer, Infrared Remote Control
  • IP53 Splash resistance
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Dimension: 150.5 mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm
  • Weight: 186 grams
  • Colors:Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold

Google ‘actively investigating’ reports of Pixel 2 XL screen burn-in

Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge;

Over the weekend, people with review units of the Pixel 2 XL began noticing a problem. No, not the already-known issues of muddy color and grainy textures when viewed in low-light, but one that’s potentially more worrisome: screen burn-in. First reported on Twitter by Android Central’s Alex Dobie, multiple people have noticed that when you look at the screen with a gray background, you can see faint outlines of the phone’s navigation buttons on the bottom.

Not a good sign for Google, specially after “acqui-hiring” more than 2000 HTC Engineers for $1.1 billion.

Nokia 7

Here are the notable specs of the Nokia 7;

  • 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
  • 4 GB RAM / 6 GB
  • 64 GB / 128 GB Storage
  • Storage is expandable via microSD
  • Rear camera: 16 megapixel camera with 1.12um pixels and an f/1.8 aperture
  • Front camera: 5 megapixel camera with 1.4um pixels and an f/2.0 aperture
  • IP54 splash proof
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • NFC
  • LTE Cat.6
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat (upgradable to Oreo)
  • 3,000mAh battery

Nokia 7 will available in China on October 24, 2017, and will be available two configurations;

  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB Storage configuration selling for ¥2,499 or around $377
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB Storage configuration which will be sold for ¥2,699 or around $407 USD

No word yet if it will be available in other markets.

Source: GSM Arena

Huawei announces Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Porche Design Huawei Mate 10

In a media eventin Germany, Chinese Smartphone manufacturer officially announces Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Porche Design Huawei Mate 10. All phones are powered by Kirin 970 processor, developed by Huawei themselves with a built-in AI capabilities.

Huawei Mate 10 :

  • 5.9″ FullView LCD Display, 16:9 AR, 2560 x 1440 resolution @ 499 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
  • HUAWEI Kirin 970 Octa-Core CPU (4*Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz) with Neural Network Processing Unit
  • i7 co-processor
  • Mali G72MP12 GPU
  • Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM2)
  • Dual Leica Camera: 20MP Monochrome + 12MP RGB, f/1.6, OIS (Optical Image Stablisation), BSI CMOS, Dual-LED Flash, PDAF, CAF, Laser, Depth Auto Focus, 4K Video Recording
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, UMTS(WCDMA)/HSPA + /DC-HSDPA, TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE
  • Dual SIM Support
  • GPS/Glonass/BDS
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • NFC, BT4.2, support BLE
  • Support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD Audio
  • USB Type C
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Barometer, Infrared Remote Control
  • IP53 Splash resistance
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Dimension: 150.5 mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm
  • Weight: 186 grams
  • Colors:Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold

Huawei Mate 10 Pro;

  • 6.0″ FullView OLED Display, 2160 x 1080 pixels, 402 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
  • HUAWEI Kirin 970 Octa-Core CPU (4*Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz) with Neural Network Processing Unit
  • i7 co-processor
  • Mali G72MP12 GPU
  • Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage
  • Dual Leica Camera: 20MP Monochrome + 12MP RGB, f/1.6, OIS (Optical Image Stablisation), BSI CMOS, Dual-LED Flash, PDAF, CAF, Laser, Depth Auto Focus, 4K Video Recording
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, UMTS(WCDMA)/HSPA + /DC-HSDPA, TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE
  • Dual SIM Support
  • GPS/Glonass/BDS
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • NFC, BT4.2, support BLE
  • Support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD Audio
  • USB Type C
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Barometer, Infrared Remote Control
  • IP67 Water and Dust Resistant
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Dimension: 154.2 mm x 74.5 mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 178 grams
  • Colors:Mocha Brown, Midnight Blue, Titanium Grey

Porche Design Huawei Mate 10;

  • 6.0″ FullView OLED Display, 2160 x 1080 pixels, 402 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
  • HUAWEI Kirin 970 Octa-Core CPU (4*Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz) with Neural Network Processing Unit
  • i7 co-processor
  • Mali G72MP12 GPU
  • Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB Storage
  • Dual Leica Camera: 20MP Monochrome + 12MP RGB, f/1.6, OIS (Optical Image Stablisation), BSI CMOS, Dual-LED Flash, PDAF, CAF, Laser, Depth Auto Focus, 4K Video Recording
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, UMTS(WCDMA)/HSPA + /DC-HSDPA, TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE
  • Dual SIM Support
  • GPS/Glonass/BDS
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • NFC, BT4.2, support BLE
  • Support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD Audio
  • USB Type C
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Barometer, Infrared Remote Control
  • IP67 Water and Dust Resistant
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Dimension: 154.2 mm x 74.5 mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 178 grams
  • Colors:Diamond Black

Pricing and Availability

Device Memory Europe Price Availability
HUAWEI Mate 10 64GB + 4GB €699 Late October 2017
HUAWEI Mate 10 Pro 128GB + 6GB €799 Mid-November 2017
PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 10 256GB + 6GB €1395 Mid-November 2017

You can read Huawei’s official announcement here.

Press Release: Samsung introduces Galaxy J+ in the Philippines

It’s easy to capture notable everyday moments nowadays, especially with advanced smartphone technology – by simply pointing and clicking. With Samsung, it is essential to capture the entire feeling of the moment, and bring it to life for the world to see.

Built to capture those everyday moments in your life and to enhance them to make them even more extraordinary, Samsung introduces the new Galaxy J7+.

The Galaxy J7+ boasts of a Professional Dual Camera to showcase every single detail of your day. Equipped with two rear cameras––one 13MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture lens and a 5MP sensor at f/1.9 aperture, both of which are responsible for delivering professional-quality post-shot depth. These dual lenses also equip the Galaxy J7+ with the Live Focus feature which allows you to control the amount of blur in a shot during and after taking a photo. It didn’t go shy with its front shooter, too, with its 16MP f/1.9 selfie camera. With the Galaxy J7+’s dual leans camera, you have no excuse to capture and enhance every moment, may it be with friends, family, or your fur baby!

For added fun, entertainment, and excitement, the Galaxy J7+ also comes with the new built-in Galaxy stamps and stickers in its Mobile Photobooth that would let you decorate and enhance your photos to really bring out the fun! The assortment of colorful stickers and stamps, as well as filters, will let you add a touch of personalization, playfulness, and more color to your photos. With the fun Mobile Photobooth coupled with the Galaxy J7+’s Professional Dual Camera capable of shooting in low-light, each moment is preserved in pro-quality.

Beyond delivering hours of entertainment and fun with its 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy J7+ enhances your life by providing an all-around reliable and powerful performance, thanks to its 2.39GHz Octa-Core processor for seamless, high-speed multitasking and a 4GB RAM and memory expandable up to 256GB for all the apps you enjoy.

“For those who want to experience the dual camera features of the flagship Galaxy Note8, the Galaxy J7+ offers the same premium and powerful experience. Its features let people enhance every moment of the day by expanding what a smartphone camera can do. The Galaxy J7+ is the best in its segment with flagship features and value for money,” said Nio Judalena, Head of Marketing for Mobile Communications Business, SEPCO.

Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy J7+ is exactly what you need to enhance every moment of everyday. The Samsung Galaxy J7+ will be available for P19,990 starting on October 14 at all Samsung Experience Stores and dealers nationwide. You can avail it at 0% interest for 9 month on Home Credit, or 0% interest for 12 months through credit cards. Log on to www.samsung.com/ph for more information.

Samsung Galaxy J7+ Specs;

  • 5.5″ Full HD Super AMOLED Display, 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.3GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53 + 1.6GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32 GB Storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat with TouchWiz
  • Dual-rear Camera:
    • 13MP sensor, f/1.7 aperture
    • 5MP sensor, f/1.9 aperture
    • Auto Focus,OIS, LED Flash
  • Front Camera: 16.0 MP, f/1.9 with flash
  • Dual Nano-SIM
  • 2G GSM, 3G WCDMA, 4G LTE FDD, 4G LTE TDD
  • 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G FDD LTE, 4G TDD LTE
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • GPS, Glonass
  • 3.5mm Earphone jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
  • Dimension: 152.4mm x 74.7mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Color: Black, Gray and Gold

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Now Official

Google Pixel 2 Specs;

  • 5.0 in full HD AMOLED (1920 x 1080) at 441ppi
  • 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
  • Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors
  • Rear Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm, Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection, OIS
  • Front Camera: 8 MP fixed focus, f/2.4 aperture, 1.4μm
  • 2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, 64Bit Octa-Core
  • Adreno 540
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB / 128 GB Internal Storage
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO1
  • Stereo front-firing speakers, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Wireless HD audio with LDAC
  • NFC, eSIM
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA, CDMA EVDO Rev A, LTE 4G
  • Sensors: Active Edge, Proximity / Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer / Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Back-mounted fingerprint sensor, Barometer, Hall effect sensor, Android Sensor Hub, Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Single Nano SIM
  • Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating
  • IP67 water and dust resistant1
  • Dimension: 145.7 mm x 69.7 mm x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 143 g
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue
  • 2700 mAh battery

Google Pixel 2 XL Specs;

  • 6.0 QHD+ pOLED display, (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi
  • 3D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5
  • Full 24-bits depth or 16.77 million colors
  • Rear Camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm, Autofocus with laser + dual pixel phase detection, OIS
  • Front Camera: 8 MP fixed focus, f/2.4 aperture, 1.4μm
  • 2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835, 64Bit Octa-Core
  • Adreno 540
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB / 128 GB Internal Storage
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO1
  • Stereo front-firing speakers, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, Wireless HD audio with LDAC
  • NFC, eSIM
  • GPS, GLONASS
  • GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/HSDPA, CDMA EVDO Rev A, LTE 4G
  • Sensors: Active Edge, Proximity / Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer / Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Back-mounted fingerprint sensor, Barometer, Hall effect sensor, Android Sensor Hub, Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
  • USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Single Nano SIM
  • Aluminum unibody with hybrid coating
  • IP67 water and dust resistant1
  • Dimension: 157.9 mm x 76.7 mm x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White
  • 3520 mAh battery

Pixel 2 will retail at $649 while the Pixel 2 XL will be priced at $849. Both phones are now available for preorder in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, and U.K, and the US. Then later this year in Italy, Singapore, and Spain later this year.

Watch the Google Pixel 2 Event!

Today, it Google’s Pixel 2 Event!

The company is expected to officially announce Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, plus other hardware like new Chromebooks, VR news and devices, a new Pixel book and a variants of Google Home that will compete against the Amazon Echo dot.

Stay tune for more!

Leaked Images of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

From the one and only Evan Blass;

Looks like the Galaxy S8 Plus sans curve screen and a bit narrower and taller.

Google is expected to provide more details on their new Pixel phones tomorrow, 4th of October.

Vivo launches V7+ in the Philippines

Chinese smartphone manufacturer has officially announce their newest flagship smartphone in the Philippines, the V7+. As expected, the V7+ sports a bezel-less screen, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, a 16MP OV16880 f2.0 rear camera w/ LED flash and a very large 24MP front camera with Moonlight Glow.

Vivo V7+ will retail at Php 17,990 and will be in stores by the end of the month. You also pre-order the phone at Vivo’s Lazada store and from Vivo stores/kiosks and authorized dealer starting tomorrow today September 21 until September 29.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple;

Apple today announced a new generation of iPhone: iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The new iPhone features a new glass and aluminum design in three beautiful colors made out of the most durable glass ever in a smartphone, Retina HD displays and A11 Bionic chip, and is designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience. The world’s most popular camera gets even better with single and dual cameras featuring Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus, and wireless charging brings a powerful new capability to iPhone. Both devices will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 15 in more than 25 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, September 22.

The design still looks the same but most of the changes are made under the hood.

  • Glass and aluminum materials
  • Retina HD displays
  • A11 Bionic chip
  • iPhone 8 improved 12-megapixel camera
  • iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12-megapixel cameras
  • Wireless charging
  • Augmented Reality

iPhone X

Apple;

Apple today announced iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, in a gorgeous all-glass design with a beautiful 5.8-inch Super Retina display, A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging and an improved rear camera with dual optical image stabilization. iPhone X delivers an innovative and secure new way for customers to unlock, authenticate and pay using Face ID, enabled by the new TrueDepth camera. iPhone X will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, October 27 in more than 55 countries and territories, and in stores beginning Friday, November 3.

That $999 price tag will surely turn off potential buyers, though it’s just $69 higher than the Note 8.

Apple Special Event

Apple;

Join us here September 12 at 10 a.m. PDT to watch the keynote, the first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s Facial Recognition unlocks using a Selfie

Mel Tajon, confirms that the unit that he used is a demo unit at Best Buy, which bring us to this question; which facial technology will consumer get with their $900+ Note 8, crappy version or a good one?

Also my take away in this video is that the Note 8’s display is so good that it mimic’s real life. 🙂

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Now Official

Extra;

Here are the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note8;

  • 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED display, squared-corner, resolution 1440 x 2960 in 18.5:9 aspect ratio, @521ppi
  • Processor: Exynos 8895 Soc, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Android 7.1.1
  • Internal storage: 64GB with a microSD expansion slot up to 256 GB
  • USB-C port
  • Camera Rear: Dual Camera
    • Wide-angle: 12MP AF Dual Pixel(F1.7), OIS
    • Telephoto: 12MP AF(F2.4), OIS
  • Front: 8MP AF(F1.7)
  • NFC, MST
  • LTE Cat. 16
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
  • Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • IP68 Dust and Water Resistance
  • S-Pen
  • Bixby Virtual assistant
  • Dimension: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 195g
  • Battery: fast-charging 3300mAh battery, supports wired and wireless charging
  • Color: Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue

The Note 8 will be available in three colors; Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue. The phone will be available in stores beginning September 15, 2017, and Samsung is already accepting pre-orders today, August 24, 2017. An unlocked Galaxy Note8 will be available for $929.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished batteries get recalled due to overheating concerns

Brian Heater, writing for TechCrunch;

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for refurbished Galaxy Note 4 batteries. While the news has undeniable echoes of last year’s massive Note 7 disaster, this time out, the fault appears to fall at the feet of potentially counterfeited batteries supplied by FedEx.

Not the news that Samsung needs, since they are about to announce Note 8, specially after what happened with the Note 7.